Dec 31, 2020

A Look in the Rear View Mirror: The Top 10s of 2020

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
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2020 was a year unlike any that the eventing community has experienced before. The COVID-19 pandemic caused competitions to halt for three months, and when we were able to resume events, the landscape looked quite different. While there were many aspects of 2020 that were challenging, we are so grateful that we still have the opportunity to participate in the sport we all love, and we want to take a moment to reflect on a few of the highlights from this year.

The USEA published more than 700 articles on the website this year on topics ranging from horse health, rider fitness, and training tips to volunteers, conformation critiques, and the stories of our members. Take a look at the top 10 articles we published this year:

Top 10 USEA Educational Articles

  1. One Grid, Four Exercises with Mary Schwentker
  2. Conditioning the Event Horse at the Novice and Training Levels
  3. Four Actions the USEA Cross-Country Safety Subcommittee is Taking to Minimize Risk
  4. Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan: Burning Thyme
  5. How Strong is Your Beginner Novice Game?
  6. Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan: At The Moment
  7. Grid Pro Quo with Richard Picken
  8. The New Normal: Eventing in the Age of COVID-19
  9. Ten Exercises for Eventers to Train While Sheltering in Place
  10. Rule Refresher: Show Jumping Elimination

You can find more written articles on the USEA website under News.

In addition to written content, the USEA maintains a collection of educational and informational videos on U.S. Eventing TV that members can take advantage of. Here are the USEA's top 10 most viewed videos in 2020:

Top 10 USEA Videos

1. USEA 2018 USEF Beginner Novice Test A

2.Rider Fitness Exercises with Laura Crump Anderson

3. USEA 2018 USEF Beginner Novice Test B

4. USEA 2018 USEF Novice Test A

5. Volunteer Jump Judges Part 1: Introduction

6. Conformation Critique: Luprian

7. USEF & USEA Joint Webinar for Eventing: A Safe Return to Competition

8. Volunteer Jump Judges Part 4: Judging Your Fence

9. Volunteer Jump Judges Part 2: Communicating with Control

10. A Day in the Life: Florida State Eventing

You can watch all of U.S. Eventing TV's videos here.

At the beginning of 2020, the USEA debuted an updated USEA Official Podcast with a new look and feel for a new decade! Partnering with EquiRatings Eventing Podcast and Nicole Brown Media, the USEA Official Podcast was published on a bi-weekly basis, bringing episodes jam-packed with interviews, special guests, tips and tricks from top professionals, and more. Listen in to our top 10 most listened to podcast episodes of 2020!

Top 10 USEA Official Podcasts

1. #263: Producing a Young Horse with Lauren Nicholson & Max Corcoran

2. #254: Sports Psychology Special with Daniel Stewart

3. #257: Top Tips from Top Grooms

4. #250: The One Where We All Meet

5. #265: Down the Centerline

6. #255: Checking in From Self-Isolation

7. #251: Buck, Wellington, and All Things USEA

8. #256: Coach Sando on Rider Fitness for Performance

9. #264: Great Meadow International Preview

10. #258: Getting Back to Business

You can subscribe to the USEA Official Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, PodBean, or Stitcher, or click here to check out the episode list on the USEA website.

The USEA has an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, bringing all kinds of eventing content straight to your favorite social media platform. Check out the top 10 posts that our 55,000 followers on Instagram liked best this year:

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We look forward to seeing you out and about at an event in 2021!

Our membership is what keeps the USEA alive and we always welcome feedback from our members. Have an idea for an article for the USEA website or Eventing USA magazine? Want to contribute an article of your own? Email Jessica Duffy at [email protected] to share your ideas and stories!

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The Eventing Coaches Program: Phyllis Dawson on Training Horses and Riders

Ninety percent of training a horse is getting the horse to understand exactly what you want them to do. In general, horses are generous and willing creatures who want to please us; very seldom do they behave badly on purpose. Horses don’t come out and say, ‘Let’s make Mom’s (or Dad’s) life miserable today by going as poorly as possible - most prefer to do the right thing, as long as they know what that is.

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Sep 27, 2022 Area Championships

Ten Horse and Rider Pairs Rise to the Occasion at Area VII Championships

Aspen Farms in Yelm, Washington was host to this year’s USEA Area VII Championships on September 16-18 and put on a spectacular show where 10 horse and rider pairs celebrated victory by being awarded the title of Area VII Champion in their respective divisions. Hear about each pair’s weekend below.

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